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South Africans shine on UK stage

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 8 Sep 2008 at 06:42
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South Africans Heyneke Meyer and Butch James grabbed the headlines in the Guinness Premiership on Sunday as Leicester and Bath made winning starts.

Rugby 365 reports that Meyer, who replaced Argentina’s Marcelo Loffreda in the Leicester hot seat, saw his team win 20-8 at Gloucester thanks to late tries from Geordan Murphy and Toby Flood.

England back Flood kicked two early penalties on his Premiership debut for Leicester and claimed a late intercept try that he also converted.

Meyer, who led the Bulls to last year’s Super 14 title, said: “We always knew it would be tough.

“We knew Gloucester would come out firing and that we would have to get stuck in and show some attitude.

“Our fitness levels showed and I was very happy with the defence. Gloucester had a lot of opportunities out wide but we defended well.”

Bath triumphed 33-20 over neighbours Bristol, scoring three tries to two as Springboks flyhalf James kicked 18 points.

Bath coach Steve Meehan was full of praise for James, who only reported back after the Tri-Nations, but was instrumental in securing the European Challenge Cup holders’ first victory over their west country rivals at the Memorial Stadium since March 1998.

Meehan had no qualms about including James despite him having being involved in only a couple of training sessions.

“It was never in doubt. When he was replaced by South Africa against Australia [in the Tri-Nations] I said ‘You beauty’,” said Meehan.

“He makes things look easy. He is one of those players who has time on the ball. He has a lot of confidence on the guys in front of him and he has this marvellous way of talking to everyone on the field to organise them.”

Gloucester boss Dean Ryan struggled to contain his anger after last season’s Premiership table-toppers once again subsided amid the pressure of a big game.

In six seasons of Premiership play-offs, Gloucester finished top after the 22-game regular season, but are still waiting to collect silverware.

A deflated Ryan said: “I am frustrated, but we know why we lost that game.

“It is the small things and how we are being distracted that is killing us. We should have put the game away – we had the winning of it for 70 minutes.

“We have got to look at individuals.

“Yes, we will win games this season, but whether we can win big games? We’ve got to find out whether the personalities can take this club forward.

“The template is there for us to be a very good side, but taking responsibility is key.”

Gloucester must now prepare for the short trip to Bath next Saturday – a venue where they have never won a Premiership match

Meehan, who hopes to have Lipman available for their second west country derby – at home to Gloucester on Saturday – added: “Bristol are a tremendously tenacious side, they never give you anything, and you have to work for every point.

“I was happy with our performance overall, particularly the pack. I thought our scrum and line-out play was very good and that allowed everything else to flow.

“We got quick ball and Butch mixed-up the game – whether he released the backs or kicked, and got us on the front foot.

“The vast amount of field possessions went our way as a result.”

Bristol head coach Richard Hill, who had few resources available to attract big-name stars for this season, was full of praise for his side.

“It wasn’t the start to the season that we would have wanted but Bath are a good side,” said the former Bath and England scrumhalf.

“All our players tried as hard as they could and you can’t fault them at all. They played to the best of their ability and gave everything which is all you can ask.

“Our players were up for it. It was a huge ask for Mark Irish coming in at loosehead prop, on effectively his debut, up against the England tighthead [Matt Stevens] and then have Duncan Bell come on against him.

“The poor bloke was hanging in there and he did really well but that’s the way he’s going to learn as he is just starting his career.

“It was disappointing to lose but I don’t think we’ll come across many better sides than that.”


  • GO BUTCH!!!!!!!!!!!! :mrgreen:

    I will find/put together a roundup and SB pool results during the course of the day.

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.09.08 06:45:14 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) :

    Does the man ever take a break from rugby 😯

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.09.08 07:21:36 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 2) :

    apparently not.

    Hey it may have made him undercooked coming from them to us, but theyr sure as hell are going to reap the benefits of him having played here.

    We get the slow James back and then when we have made him fast again, we send him back.

    let’s hope he can last the season though. That is nonstop rugby since the RWC now for him.

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.09.08 07:54:19 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • soon south african players will be shining in australia as well.

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.09.08 08:00:15 by try time Reply
  • @try time (Comment 4) :

    They can only buy 8 worldwide and they won’t all be South African and I will be surprised if there are more than 2 there in the coming S14.

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.09.08 08:01:56 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : thats true, and one has to have the potential of becoming a wallaby. so not many bok players will be bought. thats why the bismarck claim is a little hard to fathom. but if it proves a success, they may open up more in future.

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.09.08 08:22:40 by try time Reply
  • @try time (Comment 6) :


    Just to clarify though, they are allowed one Int player who is NOT available for Aus selection ever and one Int player who could become available for Aus selection at a later stage, per team.

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.09.08 08:56:37 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Does not matter, soon Saffas will control the world. 😎

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.09.08 09:03:29 by Silver Fox Reply
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  • Did Hougaard play?

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.09.08 09:04:49 by molly Reply
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  • good morning eveeryone !!!

    KSA boet here is some work for you :mrgreen:

    Sharks Head Coach John Plumtree felt that the Absa Currie Cup match between the Sharks and Blue Bulls was a great advert for South African rugby following the Sharks’ 34-25 victory on Saturday.

    It wasn’t so much the accuracy as the intensity that defined this match and as far as South African derbies go, this one must rank amongst the best in recent times. “That was a good game of rugby,” he said. “I chatted to Victor [Matfield – Blue Bulls’ Captain] afterwards and he also said what a rugby game, it was entertaining for the crowd.”

    He pointed out that the game plan was specific and designed around applying pressure and playing for territory. “At the start we wanted to play a lot of the game based on territory and wanted to dominate that facet of the game,” he explained. “We kicked well for pressure but conceded a soft try when they got into our half which was disappointing.

    “But after half time we got going well, stuck to the plan although there were one or two errors from first phase. But we got a bit lucky when they dropped balls. The scores swapped around a bit and we kept going which was encouraging. It took a special effort from Keegan to secure the win, I’m proud of the guys.”

    He admitted that one area where they had their hands full was at the breakdowns. “The Bulls were hard on the ball and it was a tough area to dominate, their flanks played pretty well. We got caught high a couple times and they managed to slow ball down – they’re a big pack. But we were better in the second half, cleaned the rucks better and were more aggressive.

    “Yes, we turned over a couple of lineouts which was a bit disappointing, but once we got some little bits right and built pressure, we managed to score.”

    With Morne Steyn failing with the boot, it took a special effort from Sharks’ scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar who slotted his conversions from all over the park. “Obviously Ruan’s kicking was really important,” admitted Plumtree.

    He also had a few words of praise for Stefan Terblanche who turned in a vintage performance at fullback. “He’s still playing well and his experience counts,” said Plumtree. “He was contesting the bombs, he broke the line – his experience and patience is what good fullbacks need to have, and he has that.”

    He also passed on the good news that although centre Bradley Barritt had to leave the field after an unfortunate tackle, his coach pronounced that it was “not bad. He was a bit stunned but doesn’t look bad at all in terms of concussion. He will undergo tests but we are not fazed that it is serious.”

    Unfortunately the news was not as good for Lock Alistair Hargreaves who should be out for the next two week with a pulled calf muscle. “It’s a real disappointment,” admitted Plumtree, “he’s been playing so well.”

    More selection headaches face the coach this weekend with the likely return of Adrian Jacobs, Ryan Kankowski and Beast Mtawarira to the team. “We are looking at a possible full strength squad for the Cheetahs’ game on Saturday at The Absa Stadium Durban,” he explained. John Smit is still doing fitness work and won’t be considered for another week or two.

    “John might play a couple of minutes against Griquas or Lions, but he’s not ready yet.”

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.09.08 09:06:48 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 9) : Nope,injured

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.09.08 09:15:12 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
  • @molly (Comment 9) :

    He wasn’t listed to start in the premiership


  • Comment 12, posted at 08.09.08 09:16:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) :

    Maybe he played in the girls team 😉

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.09.08 09:18:53 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) (Comment 11) & @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) :
    Thanks guys. Didn’t realise they had Toby Flood as well.

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.09.08 09:19:14 by molly Reply
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  • @PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) (Comment 11) : spoil sport 😉

    How is he injured? suffering from huimwee?

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.09.08 09:22:35 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Gloucester could easily have won. Some shocking decision making cost them at least two certain tries.

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.09.08 09:52:44 by McLovin Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 15) : Something about his hip, maybe oom heyne was pulling on oom Jurie on him and did his hip. :mrgreen: huimwee 😆

  • Comment 17, posted at 08.09.08 10:39:34 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply

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